Thrive Senior Living’s Team

Founder & Principal
President
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Controller
DIr of Wellness & Risk Management
Director of Sales
Director of People Experience
Operations Lead
Operations Lead
Accounting Manager
Investment Associate
Memory Care Coordinator
Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Clerk
Continuous Improvement Lead
Senior Property Accountant
People Experience Lead
Staff Accountant
Property Accountant
Accounting Assistant
Office Coordinator

Founder & Principal

Jeramy Ragsdale

Jeramy is responsible for business development, strategic management, and oversight of the daily operations of both the development and management arms of Thrive Senior Living. In addition to Thrive Senior Living, Jeramy proudly owns multiple senior housing development and holding companies, including Outer Marker Properties, MRA Ventures, and Columbia Real Estate Holdings. In addition, Jeramy is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences and events, recently including engagements in the US, Asia, and Europe. Before entering the Seniors Housing industry, Jeramy served as Vice President of Hatcher Homes Inc. and Belmont Development LLC, developing and building multiple single family residences and lots throughout metro Atlanta, focusing on unique urban infill opportunities. Jeramy has a business management degree from Samford University, is actively involved at the Church of the Apostles, and lives in Smyrna, GA, with his wife Mary Ann and their four daughters.

President

Les Strech

Serving as President, Les is responsible for offering leadership and guidance to all Thrive activities.

Previously, Les founded Burdenlight Memory Care, a unique small house concept, that maximizes freedom for people with memory loss. Les will continue this work at Thrive, bringing this unique vision to the Thrive portfolio. Prior to founding Burdenlight, he was the Chief Operating Officer for a Texas memory care operator. In addition, Les has led multiple sales-oriented organizations and has excelled at building profitable, people-centered culture in various environments.

Married for 15 years to his bride Emily; together they have four children – Carter, Micah, Tobias and Isabella. Isabella is the newest addition, adopted in 2014. Les has a BBA in Finance from Baylor University.

Chief Operating Officer

Sebby Kannukkaden

Serving as Chief Operating Officer, Sebby is responsible for Thrive’s community operations and focuses on empowering and supporting all team members.

Sebby’s past leadership experience is centered on growing companies by operating, investing, and advising.  Prior to joining Thrive, Sebby served in various regional, divisional, and corporate operating roles in the turnaround and growth of Enlivant, a portfolio company of TPG and one of the nation’s largest senior living owners and operators.  Prior to that, Sebby was an investor at Arcapita, backing great entrepreneurs and innovative companies, and a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, advising numerous Fortune 500 companies on operational and strategic matters.

He received a BBA at the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a MEM from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern.

Sebby lives in Atlanta with his wife Daisy and their two daughters.

Chief Financial Officer

Allen Burke

As Chief Financial Officer, Allen is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling financial-related activities of the company including accounting, finance, forecasting, treasury, business risk management, etc.

Prior to joining Thrive, Allen served as CFO and CCO at Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc., a provider of home health, hospice and long term care services, as Controller for Alexander Proudfoot’s North American and Latin American operations and as a Senior Manager with Morgan Stanley Real Estate.

Allen has over 19 years of finance and accounting experience in a variety of industries covering financial and managerial reporting, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategy. He began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP and also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Transaction Services group. Allen is a certified public accountant. He received his MBA from Georgia State University and has a BBA with a double major in accounting and economics from Millsaps College. He and his wife, Claire, have two children.

Chief Investment Officer

Alan Moise

Alan Moise is Chief Investment Officer of Thrive Senior Living, where he is responsible for all corporate growth initiatives and investment management. Alan brings his background in real estate investment, lending, and business leadership to Thrive, which guides his leadership in all aspects of business & organizational development, financial & investment analysis, and strategic management. Alan has been involved in several startups throughout his career, which helps him bring an entrepreneurial spirit to his work. Prior to joining Thrive, Alan was with TriMont Real Estate Advisors, where he facilitated in the asset management of over $2.3 billion in performing and non-performing commercial real estate investments. Previously, Alan was involved in the underwriting of $1.5 billion in CMBS and CDO transactions at JP Morgan Mortgage Capital. Alan holds a CCIM designation, has a finance degree from Auburn University where he graduated with honors, and lives in Smyrna, GA with his wife Libby and two daughters.

Controller

Shari Sargon

As Controller, Shari is responsible for managing and providing leadership to the accounting team. This includes overseeing property, corporate and development accounting functions and ensuring related financial reporting is accurate and completed in a timely manner. This also consists of budgeting and forecasting, in addition to implementing and maintaining processes and internal controls.

 

Shari brings her extensive real estate accounting and financial reporting experience to Thrive. For nine years prior to joining Thrive, Shari was a Controller with Carter, a real estate development, investment and advisory firm. Earlier, she was a Controller with Cousins Properties and Vice President and Controller at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, (formerly The Yarmouth Group). Shari started her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

 

Shari is a certified public accountant and has a BBA in Accounting from Emory University. She lives in Johns Creek with her husband, Mark, and they have a daughter who currently attends Georgia Tech.

DIr of Wellness & Risk Management

Bebe Reed

Bebe joined Thrive in 2015, bringing with her the skills for developing operational systems of excellence and a passion for training dynamic clinical teams. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Administration (1990) and Nursing (1994) from East Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Workforce Education and Leadership (2009) from the University of Georgia.

Bebe gained a strong clinical foundation while working cardiology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation in the acute care setting. She then spent seven years in case management serving complex patients with critical healthcare needs. Bebe is also a passionate educator. She taught at the technical college level and started a Certified Nurse Aide training program, serving as the director for five years.

For the past 10 years, Bebe has served in a variety of leadership positions in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities where her focus has been the cultivation of extraordinary care teams and outcomes that exceed regulatory compliance.

Bebe and her husband Bo live in Athens, GA and have been married for 30 years. They have three grown children and are anxiously awaiting grandchildren.

Director of Sales

Deb Osterhaudt

Deborah incorporates a unique blend of skill and experience spanning over 25 years in multi-site, multi-state sales leadership in senior housing and healthcare settings. She has overseen and spearheaded sales solutions for acquisitions and new community start ups across the Senior Living continuum. Deborah brings a purposeful and passionate approach to sales operations, continually searching for initiatives and insights to develop strategic perspectives on growth opportunities. Inspiring, leading and coaching people to fulfill their mission is her strength and compass.

As a lifelong learner, Deborah seeks learning opportunities and has been a member of the Argentum Sales Executive Roundtable and helped to bring spotlights on innovative services to include a “Best of the Best“ award. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and holds a Bachelors degree in Education.

Deborah and her husband Matt live in the suburbs of Atlanta and they are proud parents of three beautiful children and anxiously await the arrival of their second grandchild. She is a classically trained pianist and relishes music of any kind. She enjoys the company of her family and on occasion you can find her hitting the tennis ball.

Director of People Experience

Cindi Echelson

As the Director of People Experience, Cindi’s role is to lead the employee life cycle experience from attracting the right talent, to onboarding, development and engagement. Ultimately, helping to ensure employees have a positive experience and build a lifelong career with Thrive.

Prior to joining Thrive, Cindi was the Human Resources Manager for a global consulting company located in Atlanta, GA for the past 10 years. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing HR for the Americas team. She maintains her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a Society of Human Resource Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is constantly seeking to keep herself educated to help empower the team members she supports on a day-to-day basis. Cindi loves being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and is an avid yoga practitioner.

Operations Lead

Jon Glass

Before joining the Thrive team, Jon spent time in the commercial real estate industry in asset management and brokerage in Atlanta with Republic Property Company and Armstrong Lambert Associates.  He also served as a student ministry director for one of the largest churches in the country, Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Jon’s unique background and blend of talents, relational skills and high energy help him lead the team’s business and operational development efforts as Thrive continues to grow.

Jon is a graduate of Wake Forest University and a true native Atlantan.  Jon enjoys traveling, spending time with his friends and family along with being active, he can be found exercising most mornings, primarily at SculptHouse, Flywheel or Blast.  He is also incredibly passionate about mentoring as he had some impactful mentors growing up and still does today.

Operations Lead

Kim Gebert

Kim Gebert became a proud member of Thrive Senior Living in the summer of 2015 as the Business Office Manager. She quickly acquired the role of Operational Development Coordinator after developing a centrally operational position with Thrive.

Kim began in customer service and restaurant management. This has served her in helping to bring a resort quality experience to Thrive and our residents. She came to Thrive from Smith & Liss LLC, a prominent law firm where she was responsible for the office administration, accounting and bookkeeping at the firm.

With a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and a concentration in International Studies from Georgia State University, Kim brings an eclectic mix of talents and creativity to Thrive. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA where she remains very active in activities such as traveling, and playing soccer.

Accounting Manager

Burdette Tatum

Burdette joined Thrive in 2013 and he brings 9 years of real estate accounting experience to the team. As accounting manager, he handles all the accounting for the company’s established communities. He also helps maintain consistent accounting processes for all the assets and provides training for the accounting staff and office managers in the field.

Burdette holds a CPA designation in Georgia. He earned his accounting degree from Valdosta State University and received his MBA from the University of West Georgia. Burdette lives in Kennesaw with his wife and four children.

Investment Associate

Christopher Wade

Christopher Wade is an Investment Associate with Thrive Senior Living, where he brings his background in partnership structuring, tax planning, and public accounting to assist with sourcing, analyzing, and closing of real estate transactions. Christopher’s role also includes asset management, operational analysis and investor reporting.

Prior to joining Thrive, Christopher worked within Deloitte’s Real Estate Tax group serving REIT’s, private equity funds, and other real estate owners and operators. Christopher is a native Georgian where he is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA and MAcc from the University of Georgia.  Outside of his work Christopher volunteers with Young Life, plays tennis and is involved in Kairos Church.

Analyst

Sebastian Medina

Sebastian joined Thrive in the Fall of 2016 as a Financial Analyst, serving in both a financial planning & analysis role and a development capacity. Sebastian brings a background in consulting and internal auditing from his time in public accounting. He has advised Fortune 500 companies on financial reporting and IT processes in both a compliance and performance improvement role. His experience spans multiple industries, with a focus on healthcare, utilities, and manufacturing.

Prior to beginning his career, Sebastian earned his BS from The University of Alabama, majoring in Finance, Economics, and Spanish. During his time at Alabama, Sebastian held leadership roles in a student-managed investment fund and a start-up microfinance organization serving Alabama’s rural small businesses.

Outside of work, Sebastian enjoys cooking, playing in league sports, college football, and traveling.

Memory Care Coordinator

Kayla Meek

Kayla Meek joined Thrive in March 2017 as the Program Coordinator, primarily focusing on Memory Care, her true passion. Kayla stumbled into the Senior Living profession by mere chance, accepting her first position out of her undergraduate degree as an Engagement Coordinator where she planned and implemented activities for a memory care community. Since then, Kayla has fallen in love with serving the older adult population and has been dedicated to becoming a professional in the Senior Living field having worked in several environments including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and hospice. In Kayla’s most recent position, prior to coming to Thrive, she was the Director of a Memory Care community.

Kayla received her undergraduate degree from North Georgia College and State University majoring in Health and Physical Education and minoring in Leadership. After working a short time in the field, Kayla was inspired to continue to learn more about the amazing residents she served. Kayla received her Master in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Georgia in May of 2015. Kayla is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing through the Clinical Nurse Leadership program at the University of Augusta.
Kayla is a true Athenian, having lived in the Athens, Georgia area throughout her life. Outside of work and school, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband of 5 years, Will, their two dogs, Sophia and Theo, and their cat, Oliver.

Accounting Supervisor

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith joined Thrive Senior Living in the Summer of 2015 as a Senior Property Accountant. Elizabeth brings over 16 years of corporate and property accounting experience to the Thrive team. She began her career at John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, where she was responsible for the financial reporting, region forecasting, and annual budgeting for the companies’ single-family and townhome communities in North Atlanta.

Prior to joining Thrive, Elizabeth was at Trimont Real Estate Advisors, Inc. where she was the Corporate Accounting Manager. In this role, she was responsible for producing the monthly financials, controlling corporate cash, and managing the annual audit.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College, in Clinton, South Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She lives in the Morningside/Virginia Highland area with her two golden retrievers.

Accounting Clerk

Kesha Johnson

Kesha joined Thrive Senior Living in Fall of 2013.  She has worked in AP over 10 years, working hard in such roles as a Supervisor or Head AP Associate.  She enjoys spending free time with family and friends and you may run into her at the movies, dancing, bowling, or at other fun activities.  As part of the active, growing accounting team, she is known to have an adventurous spirit if the mood hits her she says.  She attended Howard University for a few semesters, but found real-life on-the-job training to be more rewarding.

Continuous Improvement Lead

Cade McDonald

Cade McDonald is the Continuous Improvement Lead for Thrive Senior Living.

Previously, Cade consulted the CEO of a privately held portfolio of CCRCs (1,200 beds, 6 communities) for two years and he is a fourteen year entrepreneur where he started, grew, operated and sold a small business.

Cade received an MBA from Emory University and a BBA from the University of Georgia. Cade lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. His philanthropic passion is coaching youth sports, particularly NYO Fastpitch Softball.

Senior Property Accountant

Leslie Harper

Leslie Harper is a Senior Property Accountant with Thrive Senior Living where she brings over 12 years of hospitality accounting and financial reporting experience. Prior to joining Thrive, Leslie worked with The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds as the Senior Assistant Director of Finance. She was responsible for providing direction and assistance to support a strong accounting and operational control environment to safeguard assets, improve operations and profitability, and manage business risks. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She now lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her son, Harrison.

People Experience Lead

Brittany Mays

Before joining the Thrive Service Center Team, Brittany began her journey with Thrive as the Business Office Manager and Director of First Impressions at our Thrive Assisted Living and Memory Care in Athens, Georgia. With her transition to the service center, Brittany brings a strong knowledge base of all payroll functions and employee interfaces. Brittany provides training and support to our community managers with an added level of encouragement and excitement. Brittany attended University of West Georgia and Metropolitan State University in Colorado where she excelled in Business Management programs. Continuing her professional education in Payroll Modules & Human Resource Management Principles, Brittany serves our community office managers with the tools to succeed.

Brittany is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, and they have an energetic and loving 5 year old son.

Staff Accountant

Cassandra Johnson

Cassandra graduated from Georgia State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She began a career in accounting at Georgia International Travel as an accounting assistant but found a job at Thrive as an intern where she transitioned to full-time Staff Accountant after graduation.

Why Thrive?  “As a former CNA (started working in healthcare at age 17), working as an aid was one of the most fulfilling and emotionally taxing things I’ve done in my life. During this time I learned so much about people and myself. I wouldn’t trade the experiences or the memories for anything in the world.”

She is engaged to be married in August of 2016, has 2 daughters, enjoys yoga and dance workouts and is looking forward to learning Tai Chi.

Attitude/Outlook: Everybody needs somebody, so help others in any way you can. Even things that may seem small to you might mean a world of change for someone else.

Her favorite quote: “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

Property Accountant

Ken Franklin

Accounting Assistant

Shermayne Mikel

Shermayne Mikel joined Thrive in 2016 and serves as the Staff Accounting Assistant.

She brings not only her detailed-oriented and analytical personality to the team, but also her education and experience in sales & customer service. She will graduate December of 2017 as a member of NABA with her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Georgia State University after only 2 ½ years. In 2018, she will be begin pursuing her Masters in Accounting & Finance in London at Westminster University. She currently lives in Atlanta, but enjoys traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures.

Office Coordinator

Sierra Jenkins

Sierra Jenkins joined the Thrive Team in the Fall of 2017 as the Office Coordinator. She comes with a strong passion for people and all things social. With management experience in boutiques, home & wedding décor studios, restaurants, and student services, Sierra brings an eclectic set of talents and expertise to Thrive.

She graduated with a BFA in Communication from Valdosta State University, where she worked on campus as an orientation & visitation leader, served as Alumni Relation’s Marketing/PR Intern, and was a founder of the Theta Mu Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Sierra also worked closely with various non-profit organizations, such as Relay for Life, The Special Olympics, and Girls on the Run. Post-graduation, she returned to the metro Atlanta area to continue in her professional endeavors and to be closer to her then future husband. They were happily wed in June of 2016 and currently live in Marietta, GA.